Alabama Department of Human Resources is entering into a partnership with a US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Public Housing Authorities (PHA) to assist youth under age 25 with a history of child welfare involvement, and secure adequate housing. This Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) initiative aims to assist youth previously in foster care at risk of homelessness and must meet certain requirements.
Oregon legislation is introducing better oversight of for-profit behavioral hospitals where children in foster care are being chemically and physically restrained. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR), the mental health industry watchdog is supporting this law after it was reported that children were chemically strained and put in seclusion.
CALL FOR ACTION from Voice for Adoption - The latest Voice for Adoption advocacy updates can be found here.
Aderholt Amendment update from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation can be found here.